Cauliflower isn’t a vegetable everyone in my family loves. The kids will eat it if it’s loaded with butter, but for some of them, it’s not on their favorites list. Unless of course I make this loaded cauliflower recipe with bacon!
Last night, everyone in my family ate this, including my child who isn’t a big cauliflower eater. When I first created this recipe it was the result of a pregnancy craving for cauliflower, bacon, and cheese, and it is GOOD! Loaded cauliflower is a yummy mix between a loaded baked potato and mac and cheese. It’s a delicious way to get more veggies in your diet!
Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
Beyond tasting good, cauliflower is also super healthy. It’s high in vitamin C, and also has a good amount of vitamin K, several B vitamins, and potassium. And it’s so versatile! Mash it to create “mashed potatoes” or make roasted cauliflower by drizzling it with olive oil and garlic powder. Or of course, cheese and bacon it up like in this recipe.
For another variation of loaded cauliflower, make it with broccoli or garlic roasted romanesco instead.
You really can’t go wrong with cheese and bacon. This recipe is fairly simple with cauliflower, cheese, bacon, and some chives for garnish. It’s the ultimate comfort food that’s also gluten-free, low carb, and keto friendly. We eat it as a side dish, but you could add some shredded chicken or ground beef to make it a main dish.
Some cauliflower casserole recipes add greek yogurt, sour cream, and cream cheese to the cauliflower. You could add some for an extra cheesy flavor if desired, but I prefer it without. And if you’re dairy free, then feel free to omit the shredded cheese. Mild or sharp cheddar cheese, pepper jack, or mozzarella all work well in this.
I use a head of cauliflower in this recipe, but frozen florets also work. Cauliflower rice is much smaller and won’t yield the same texture as the florets.
Leftover Cauliflower Bake
If you happen to have some loaded cauliflower leftover you can easily reheat the dish. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Add the cauliflower mixture to a baking dish and top with a little fresh cheese. Heat until warmed throughout. If you want to skip the oven, you can also reheat the mixture on the stovetop in a skillet.
Here are some more topping ideas for your loaded cauliflower:
- Diced tomatoes
- Sour cream
- Diced, cooked zucchini
- Sauteed onions
- Chopped peppers
Loaded Cauliflower With Bacon
More Cauliflower Recipes
Serve these delicious recipes for family dinner or take them to your next potluck!
- Healthy Beef Stroganoff With Cauliflower
- Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower “Potatoes”
- Cauliflower Paella Recipe
- Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe (With Cauliflower “Rice”)
- Chicken Broccoli Casserole with Cauliflower
What’s your favorite use for cauliflower? Do you use it to substitute for any foods? Share your tips below!